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Fit notes warning

7th April 2010

The head of the General Practitioners' Committee Dr Laurence Buckman has warned GPs to take care when writing fit notes for patients.

He said the BMA was pleased that the sick note system had been "overhauled". However he warned: "GPs need to be careful they are not drawn into making comments they are not qualified to make, because, unlike occupational health doctors, they are not often in a position to know the details of the patient’s working conditions, neither do they have specialist knowledge of workplace hazards."

 

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Title: Fit notes warning
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 14574
Date Added: 7th Apr 2010

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